On the non-fruited front, Goblin Ski Patrol takes a completely different path toward a destination every bit as complex and delicious as its two compatriots. The result of a ridiculous amount of blending, sampling, spirited debate, and critical levels of nerdery, this blended sour is even more delicious than the sum of its exceptionally tasty parts. We began by creating a number of blends that all accentuated different characteristics. The first blend contained all barrel-aged versions of our sour blonde, Batch 1500 (our dark saison), a rye-heavy saison, and our house saison. As it turned out, we weren’t totally thrilled with using all barrel-aged components; they all had a vein of oak and age-derived acidity which was a bit too homologous for our liking. To mix things up a bit, we ramped up the Brett character and tweaked the mouthfeel with an addition of Transit of Venus, our house grisette, which had been aged in a clay amphora. Traditionally used to age wine, the amphora adds a unique minerality and extends the mouthfeel. It's truly an amazing component to play around with, and did wonders for the final blend. Finally, we rounded out some of the existing fruitiness with a small round of dry-hopping with Wai-Iti before refermenting with fresh saison for bottle conditioning. If that sounds like a lot of work, it was, but we’re immensely proud of the final result, which is a complicated, complex beer that manages to be incredibly enjoyable as well as thought-provoking.
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